The Ninth Circuit’s ruling in Stockwell v. City & Cnty. of San Francisco, Case No. 12-15070 (9th Cir. April 24, 2014), is already sparking a debate over the meaning of Rule 23. Our posting on the ruling is here. The decision ought to be required reading for all corporate counsel concerned about workplace … Continue Reading
While much of the news this week has been focused on a decision from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia that declared Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, we read with great interest a separate and equally important decision from the U.S. District Court for the Western … Continue Reading
Containing a local business dispute that had, at least temporarily, been blown into a nationwide class action, the First District Court of the Texas Court of Appeals in Houston recently overturned a trial court’s certification of claims brought on behalf of a class of persons whose personal information may (or may not) have … Continue Reading
On September 29, 2013, Chief Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama in Bryant, et al. v. Southland Tube, No. 2:10-CV-3215, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 141607 (N.D. Ala. Sept. 29, 2013), denied plaintiffs’ motion for class certification finding plaintiffs failed to satisfy Rule … Continue Reading
On September 13, 2013, Judge Rosen of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan issued an Opinion and Order in an alleged wage suppression antitrust case certifying a class of over 20,000 Registered Nurses (“RNs”) in Cason-Merenda, et al. v. Detroit Medical Center, Case No. 06-15601, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 131006 (E.D. Mich. … Continue Reading
Workplace class actions are being reshaped before our very eyes, as district courts across the country apply important new Supreme Court decisions. A new noteworthy ruling illustrating this trend in the context of Rule 23(b)(3) requirements is from a long-running employment discrimination case in New York entitled Gulino, et al. v. The … Continue Reading
A new Rule 23 decision caught our eye this week – the ruling in July v. Board of School Commissioners, No. 11-CV-0539, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 74500 (S.D. Ala. May 28, 2013). This decision to deny class certification matters because it shows how plaintiffs’ continuing attempts to use (abuse?) the rule … Continue Reading
Seyfarth Shaw’s 2011 Workplace Class Action Report is coming soon! The report is the sole compendium in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to workplace class action litigation. Our loyal readers can expect to receive their copy in several weeks, with rulings and case law developments reviewed and analyzed through December 31, 2010.
To say the least, 2010 was a significant year … Continue Reading
The Federal Judicial Center recently released new recommended class action notice forms – including a notice checklist and a plain language guide – to help attorneys and judges create more effective notices and notice plans for Rule 23 certification orders. View Notice Checklist and Plain Language Guide.
The checklist provides overall guidance … Continue Reading
Like all federal courts, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has promulgated Local Rules that have the force of law to the extent they do not contravene the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The Local Rules need to be taken seriously, including Local Rule 23-3’s requirement that a … Continue Reading